2019 ALDF Rankings (Animal Legal Defense Fund) Show Good And Bad Changes In Laws Against Animal Cruelty, Nationwide

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2019 ALDF Rankings (Animal Legal Defense Fund) Show Good And Bad Changes In Laws Against Animal Cruelty, Nationwide

By Dave Levine

I usually report twice a year on animal cruelty laws. There’ve been some changes in the rankings of the toughest and weakest states at aldf.org.

Last year, CA dropped to #8 from #4, meaning it’s laws aren’t tough or clear enough. Kentucky–the longtime worst state for weak animal cruelty laws–moved up slightly from #50 to #47. Illinois stayed on top as it has for years now with the nation’s toughest laws. New York–where a lot of animal hoarding/cruelty/neglect has gone on–moved up slightly from #40 to #32. Pennsylvania–which had been in the bottom tier–has moved up to #15, one of the biggest improvements made by any state.

The Mountain states (save for Colorado) and Southern States (save for Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia and Florida) can and must pass stricter laws to protect innocent aninals.